Foxtrot 3 Trip Update Day 11, Graham Benton Program Director
Today started with the smell of eggs and homemade breakfast burritos on the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor docks. The dive boat came early to pick up the divers and head out for their final dives to complete certifications. The morning was filled with lots of great accomplishments: Fifteen divers completed their PADI Advanced Open Water Certifications and three divers completed their PADI Open Water Certifications. The divers all returned to docks for with a great sense of pride and success and headed out for a bit of free time at the nearby shops.
Once the stores were looted and pillaged for their hidden treasures, each crew returned to their boats, donned their life jackets and set course for one of the British Virgin Islands’ greatest locations: The Baths on Virgin Gorda. The staff on each boat took the helm so the students could enjoy a relaxing lunch underway, upon arrival everyone was excited and anxious to get to shore and start exploring. Everyone jumped in the crystal clear water and swam for the pristine white beaches. The fleet came together for an enlightening lesson on the geologic formation of the stunning granite rocks around them.
After gaining a better understanding of the creation of the boulders, the students spent some time exploring the caves and wandering through the inner pools of the rocks. At the end of the hike, everyone regrouped to put in some fun community service hours snorkeling the reefs and recording data for coral watch. The snorkel ended with an exciting visit to jump rock where everyone had a blast climbing the rocks and jumping into the beautiful blue water below. After showing off their acrobatic jumping skills, each crew split off and swam out to the boat. Once everyone was back on board, they dropped the ball and headed out into the beautiful sunset for a night sail to Monkey Point. Upon reaching tonight’s destination, each boat had a blast playing with the bioluminescence and wrapped up the night with bucket showers. Overall, another successful day for the Foxtrot fleet!